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My Handyman Dani, an Israeli Role Model

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21.09.2019

Dani Dahan (not his real name) is a man of many talents. He’s an electrician and a plumber, and knows how to solve any problem I encounter at home. For years, I’ve contacted Dudi anytime something goes wrong or needs improvement, or anytime something needs a creative touch. He never disappoints. In the long hours during which he, with endless patience, contends with problems I identify or have created, we talk about this and that. We try not to slide into politics, since Dudi is a diehard Likudnik, with all his soul, and I find that difficult.

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He’s connected to all of Bibi’s communication channels, disseminating on WhatsApp hair-raising stories he gets about harassment of Netanyahu family members, and he unreservedly buys in to displays of victimhood, incitement and mudslinging put on by the Likud leader. In the past, when I asked him why he doesn’t consider other modes of political thinking, he told me honestly that he was afraid. He was afraid that the Arabs will wipe out this country; that the left will give it up; he is afraid of losing, of the unknowable. So, he votes for Bibi.

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